Pokemon GO tips and tricks

Pokemon GO tips and tricks

Wherther you are a beginner or you are already deep into the game, these 10 tips and tricks for Pokémon Go should be useful. We’ll have a look on battery saving tips, healing and reviving Pokémon, Pikachu tricks and easter eggs, how to evolve Eevee, Gym strategies, Pokecoins and Candy, an Egg chart and how the ease your Poke-capture. Let’s check it out:

1. Save Battery while playing Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is a truly battery chewer, you can't rely on your device to last a whole poke-catch-journey... unless you follow some battery saving tips that will help you slow the drain, stay charged, and keep comfortable while you play.

Lower Your Screen Brightness

In Pokémon Go, you have to keep your screen on the whole time while playing, and that’s where most of your battery drain will come from. In a Wirecutter test, they found that smartphones can use about 54% less battery at minimum brightness. So, lower the brightness as low as you can go and still be able to see.

Kill the Volume and Disable Background Apps

You should turn down the volume, or turn off the sound completely, so you don’t waste battery on your speakers or headphones. And it’s a good idea to disable any apps you have pulling data in the background, especially if you’re streaming music. Even if they’re not currently running, though, apps can use up your valuable energy (like Facebook, Maps, and email apps).

Use Pokémon Go Power-Saving Mode

Pokémon Go has it’s own power-saving mode within the game’s options found in the “Settings” menu. It makes your phone’s screen go dark while still running the game whenever your phone is upside down (like when it’s in your pocket). Using it should help you save some battery.

Most smartphones have a power-saving setting built into their OS, but it ain’t the best idea. They’ll try to save battery by limiting processing power, and that can mess with your game quite a bit.

Get a Solid, Powerful External Battery Pack

Even if our beloved ARG game Pokémon Go will suck the life out of your battery a lot faster than normal use, a ready to use external battery will save your poke-trainer life, all you have to do is plug your phone in with a USB charging cable, and you’ll be back in action in no time.

2. Have your very own Pikachu!

Pikachu as a Starting Pokémon

The game sets you up with a choice between one of three starter Pokémon: Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur. If you refuse to catch the three and ignore them long enough, Pikachu will appear on your map alongside the others. The three Pokémon will dissapear and reappear several times, but on the fourth or six round, a Pikachu will show up!

Hatching Pikachu

You can hatch your own Pikachu out of an egg. They can be found in the 2K eggs and Pikachu hatches 7% of the times according to IGN.

3. Eevee-lutions

One of the most popular creatures in Pokémon Go is Eevee and its Eeveelutions. When evolving Eevee you have a 1/3 chance to receive a Flareon, Vaporeon or Jolteon, but you can evolve your Eevee into the Eeveelution you want thanks to an Easter Egg cleverly put by Niantic.

Before evolving your Eevee, change it's name to the corresponding evolution you want:

Pyro: to get Flareon
Rainer: to get Vaporeon
Sparky: to get Jolteon

Some players have claimed this only works for the first time you evolve an Eevee into each type - so if you already have a Flareon, the Pyro trick won't work.


We'll have to wait until Gen 2 for Eevee to get two new evolutions: Umbreon and Espeon. Umbreon, the Dark-Type and Espeon the Psychic-Type don’t have a cool Easter Egg like Jolteon, Vaporeon or Flareon but you can take advantage of the Pokémon Go day/night cycle. If you want Espeon, evolve Eevee during the day and for Umbreon evolve it at night.

Easter Egg origin: In the episode “The Battling Eevee Brothers”, Ash encounters the three brothers and their evolved Eevees are named Pyro, Rainer and Sparky.


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